…the rest of the story…

Since competing at Team Universe, I’ve received an overwhelming amount of congratulatory statements from friends, family, and strangers!  I appreciate every single positive gesture.  After all, my determination to keep competing actually comes from that exact energy.  So while I am so humbled to receive compliments about my win and earning my pro card, what touches my heart most is when I see the words “you inspire me” come across my phone/computer.  Just today I’ve had two extremely driven women tell me I’m the reason they keep pushing to establish a healthy lifestyle.  Let me tell you, that really means more to me than any trophy, diploma, or money.  I desire to inspire. It’s not easy at all I will be honest.  To push through with this crazy schedule and make things happen that seem impossible…whew! But that’s why I had to share the rest of my story of making it to Team Universe a few weeks ago.

Not only did I have to select a rotation months in advance that actually would allow me to have a day off to get there, but I had to consider NOT being in the operating room the weeks leading up (you can’t eat and drink on a regular schedule). Then at least 6 weeks before I had to plan to work all day the day before I left just so I could catch a plane to check in on time.  All that week I was doing cardio sessions back to back due to not being able to workout early because I have to be at work so early!  I was pretty fatigued, but I kept receiving encouraging notes from people.  “It’s your time.” “Pro card time, baby.” Man, not only did I feel external pressure, but I already knew I couldn’t do any of the other NPC Pro Qualifying shows this year due to specific rotations I was scheduled for later.  This was my one and only shot for 2013.  So I kept pushing.  Tired, but pumped.  I felt ready..Best I ever looked.  By time I arrived to check in I had been up for about 36 hours straight.  I was concerned about holding water, getting soft… falling apart basically.  You know what? None of that happened.  I was able to stay on top of water, meals, and supplements while flying to minimize any issues!  When I checked in with my coaches I was a happy girl.  I got off of my feet and slept as long as possible before getting up to prep for Friday’s events.  Before I knew it…things were coming together…and the rest is history…

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